Leader of Justice Coalition found dead in Panama Park home

Michael Liles, Jacksonville homicide victims advocate, dead at 62

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It is with a heavy heart that I share this news. 

Michael Liles has passed away. He was found dead in his Panama Park home Tuesday at 62. His doctor believes he died of natural causes. 

Mike was well-known in the Jacksonville community after taking over as the executive director of the Justice Coalition. It’s an amazing organization that helps crime victims and their families. 

He joined after experiencing his own personal tragedy. In 2017, his wife and love of his life Debbie, was murdered in their home. She was a beloved music teacher and mentor. 

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Instead of turning to anger or depression, Mike devoted his life to helping the families of other homicide victims through the Justice Coalition. I saw him up early at court hearings and out late at candlelight vigils. He always answered his phone. He always greeted me with a smile. 

Mike became a personal friend of mine. He’s been a friend of my father’s for years. 

He devoted his life to others and to Christ. He wasn’t ashamed of his beliefs. Instead of sulking, he always told me how lucky he was to have had so many years with his wife.

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